Education: BA Fairhaven College, Western Washington University | Interdisciplinary Major "The Development of Personal Identity: Studies in Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, and Religion | Waldorf Certification: Foundation Year, Eugene, OR | Master’s Degree in Waldorf Education, Antioch New England
Interests: Knitting, Hiking and Reading
What do you enjoy most about being a Waldorf teacher: I love the work of helping children grow and thrive, becoming who they are meant to be. What delights me most is guiding children to that moment of illumination when something new makes sense.
Michael Seifert Grade 3
Years of Waldorf Experience: 13
Education: BS, Cornell University | Waldorf Certification: Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training
Interests: Outside of teaching, I love “creating” whether it is houses, gardens, computer programs or a good pumpkin pie!
What brought you to Waldorf Education: The children! Before I had my own children, the quality of my interactions with Waldorf children impressed me. When I had my own children, my exploration of the curriculum (e.g. attending via parent-tot classes) inspired me to go deeper. In teaching, I find the ever deepening relationships with the children the most satisfying.
Christopher Lunde Grade 4
Years of Waldorf Experience: 10
Education: BS History, Southern Oregon State University | Waldorf Certification: Grades Teacher Training, Eugene, OR
Interests: I enjoy being outdoors - hiking, backpacking and canoeing with my partner and three children. I delight in singing and playing the guitar and mandolin.
What do you enjoy most about being a Waldorf teacher: The thing I enjoy most about being a Waldorf teacher are my genuine encounters with other human beings. I also enjoy being able to be a teacher and student concurrently.
Sarah Shaffer Grade 5
Years of Waldorf Experience: 4
Education: Waldorf Certification: Teacher Training, Rudolf Steiner College
Interests: Outdoor Activities — Biking, Fishing, Skiing, Swimming, Gardening and Hiking. As well I enjoy music and dancing.
What brought you to Waldorf Education: The Children!
Kelly Kietzman Grade 6
Years of Waldorf Experience: 7
Education: BA Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania | Waldorf Certification: Grades Teacher Training, Antioch University
Interests: Playing music, hiking, sailing, skiing, teaching & traveling
What do you enjoy most about being a Waldorf teacher: I love that being a Waldorf Teacher requires me to engage in all my interest every day. I love that I have to learn new things each day for my job, yet I get to teach the same wonderful class of students each year.
Elizabeth Tarsio Grade 7
Years of Waldorf Experience: 11 years
Education: BA Music, Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam | Waldorf Certification: Masters in Waldorf Education, Sunbridge College, Chestnut Ridge, NY
Interests: I love to cook, write, play and sing music of all types. I love animals, especially dogs! I am very interested in being a part of good in the world, and one particular service experience I loved was rebuilding and repairing homes in areas of serious poverty in the Appalachian Mountains.
What do you enjoy most about being a Waldorf Teacher: I really enjoy the depth of connections that are forged within the community. I especially love the relationships that develop from knowing a student for many years.
Yvette McGowan Grade 8
Years of Waldorf Experience: 17
Education: BA Mathematics, Sonoma State University | Waldorf Certification: Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training
Interests: Outdoor activities including hiking, biking, swimming, gardening. I enjoy reading, knitting, traveling and people!
What brought you to Waldorf Education: My children brought me to Waldorf education as well as a love for learning. I love the sense of community in a Waldorf school and the collaboration between all.
Beth Krause Kindergarten
Years of Waldorf Experience: 35 years
Education: Grade 1- 12 Detroit Waldorf School Student | BFA, College for Creative Studies, Early Childhood Education, Wayne State University | Waldorf Certification: Remedial Training Degree from The Association of Healing Education
Interests: Knitting, Wildlife and Nature.
What do you enjoy most about being a Waldorf Teacher: Knowing that I am actively helping in the world, teaching children to be responsible adults, to think for themselves and to live in beauty.
Miriam Geiser Nursery
Madison Becigneul-Koonter Nursery Assistant
Amanda Knapp Kindergarten Teacher
Natalie Larson Kindergarten Assistant
Stefanie Duffield Kindergarten Assistant
Tricia Sullivan Director of Enrollment and Development
Stephanie Baumgartner Administrative Assistant
Erin McNamara Education Support
Julie McCallan Educational Administrator
Years of Waldorf Experience: 18 years
Education: BA English Literature, University of Colorado | MA English Literature, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana | Waldorf Certification: Grades Teacher Training, Eugene, OR
Interests: Gardening, Cooking, Hiking and Handwork
What brought you to Waldorf Education: When my college roommate, a Waldorf graduate, introduced me to the head, heart, and hands approach of Waldorf Education, I knew that is how I wanted to work with children.